The Management

January 4, 2010 11:55 AM

New Year, Two New Cochairs at Willkie Farr

Posted by Ross Todd

The start of the New Year marked a management transition at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. For the first time in more than two decades someone other than corporate partner Jack Nusbaum will hold the position of chairman at the New York firm.

Actually, two someones: Corporate partners Thomas Cerabino and Steven Gartner took over the reins as of this year. Here's a news brief on the transition from our colleagues at the New York Law Journal.

Nusbaum, 69, who has focused on mergers and acquisitions throughout his tenure at Willkie, has served as chairman of the firm for 23 years. He has no plans to retire, having received one of the few waivers Willkie has made to its mandatory retirement age of 65. Nusbaum also will retain a seat on the firm's executive committee.

The transition had been planned since April 2008, when Cerabino, 53, and Gartner, 50, were promoted to vice-chairmen. Both men say they will maintain active practices--that was a consideration in the decision to name two cochairs. The pair previously cochaired Willkie's corporate and finance practice.

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